Thai Airways International Pcl (THAI) will receive its first Airbus SAS A380 superjumbo this week, boosting efforts to compete with Singapore Airlines and Emirates for lucrative corporate travellers, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.
The six on-order A380s and new Boeing 777-300ERs will help the carrier raise the percentage of seats filled in premium cabins across its network to more than 70% from about 60%, acting president Chokchai Panyayong said in a Sept 25 interview in Bangkok. He did not give a timeframe for the goal.
Load factors in first and business class are “a little bit low,” he said. “With improvements in the product and services we can increase that.”
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